How amazing is this collection of videos for the “Ride Giant. Ride Whistler” contest?
A month ago we asked Pinkbike.com readers to show us the people, places and things that inspire you to ride—and, wow, did you deliver. More than 150 awesome videos, incredible!
Today we begin the process of selecting our winner. Every video here is worthy in its own right, but take a spin through all of them and you start to get an idea of the ones that resonated the most. These are the truly special works, the elite group that will make the cut and be named finalists in our contest.
Each of the finalists is now in the running for the grand prize. Over the next week our guest judges - Giant rider Jeff Lenosky and filmmaker Clay Porter - will review the top-20 and choose the winner.
As a reminder, here’s what’s at stake: a brand new Giant Glory frame plus a free trip for two to Whistler for the world-famous Crankworx event. Giant is covering airfare, accommodations, lift tickets and free Giant bikes to ride at the most amazing bike park on the planet.
Plus the winner will get to hang with the Giant Factory Off-Road Team and enjoy full-on VIP status at some super-fun Crankworx events and parties.
To everyone who took the time and effort to create a video, and to show us what motivates your “Ride Life,” we send a huge thanks. You showed us that it’s a big world with a ton of amazing places to ride—and endless reasons to get out and do it.
And for the top-20 finalists listed here, best of luck! Be sure to check back next week, July 3, when we’ll announce the winner.
Stay tuned to Pinkbike for more contest updates in the coming weeks. View all the video entries here
Josh Lane: Ride Giant, Ride Whistler:
Josh Lane is one of the UK’s most stylish and friendly free-riders you’ll ever meet. Please like our Facebook Page - Live to Ride
Luke Ball, Ride Giant Ride Whistler:
Here's Luke Ball's submission for the competition. Filmed and edited by Kian Esmaili Productions
Why I Ride:
We are from Wellington NZ. We aren't known for our world class trails here, but we are lucky enough to be able to ride in epic surroundings just minutes from our flat in the city. This video showcases why we ride. Ben Kamp on the bike. Dan Batten on the camera.
Happy 50th Paul Neve - Todd Madsen Giant Ride Life Special:
Paul Neve is a West Oz MTB legend, he has built many of the trails in WA and ridden downhill for over 20 years. To celebrate Paul's upcoming 50th, Todd Madsen heads back to where DH all began in WA, Paul's Snake-Run Trail. Music: Dramatic Romance - Touch the Sky. Cameras: Sean Lee, Leon Fry Edit: Leon Fry.
"Plain and Simple" Ride Giant Ride Whistler Contest Entry:
I was inspired making this video with my good friend Colin, I hope it inspires others to get out and ride
Sunday - Ride Giant. Ride Whistler.
No mountains. No epic sunset. No evergoing trails. No slide shots. No color correction. One slomo. Hippie music. NO DUBSTEP. No flashy racing action. Just a personal look into our usual sunday riding on our 20 metre high hill here in Holland. Feeling absolutely free for a few hours is what keeps us coming back every Sunday. Enjoy!
Lukasz Rajzer - Ride Giant. Ride Whistler:
My submit for the Ride Life Gravity Edition contest. Answering the question what inspires me to ride and showing all those great people, places and memories. Downhill is a big part of my life and that's what this video is all about. Hope you enjoy it!
Kurt Shimada - Ride Giant, Ride Whistler - Ride Life Gravity edition:
My name is Kurt Shimada and this video was made to show you my real inspiration to ride. Filmed by my friend Tyler Hatton. From Tyler: ''Kurt linked me to the contest even though I hadn't filmed anything in 5 years. Seeing his passion for the sport inspired me to rediscover my passion. It's my first time shooting MTB and I have a lot of respect for you all. Thanks to Kurt, Giant & Pinkbike.''
Alex's Recovery Ride Giant Ride Whistler:
Two months ago, Alex, a dear friend, was riding around with some buddies testing some of his new features. Alex was hitting a 25’ kicker and got the speed right on the in-run but leant too far forward upon hitting the lip. From what friends have told me, he took one of the mightiest digs anyone's seen. I wasn’t available during the session and couldn’t video it. Enjoy the video! Rest up Alex!
Tom Anticich - Ride Life Gravity Edition:
Tom Anticich, 16, shreds the Mundaring downhill trails in Perth, Australia. Song - Signs by The Sessions. Filmed and edited over 3 days by Sean Lee, check out Sean Lee Photo
Ride Giant. Ride Whistler: the Butchkovitz Shred:
Entry for: Ride Giant. Ride Whistler By: Piotr Kabat.
Ride Giant Ride Whistler - RG Productions:
Here is my video entry for the Ride Giant Ride Whistler video contest. This was all filmed and edited by me, Riley Gibson-Graf. Rider is Derek Hobden. Narration by Riley Gibson-Graf. Song: Black Water by Apparat. RG Productions 2012. Don't forget to add this video to your favorites and like it on Facebook!
Ride Giant, Ride Whistler, Ride Bikes:
Some bikes with friends is the best. Songs: Bombay Bicycle Club - How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep, and Martin Solveig - The Night Out (Madeon Mix).
The Luca Lucas Experience - Short Version:
We spent some time with native SoCal rippers Luca Cometti and Lucas Cowan. All in all it was Extremely fun working with these fellas. Enjoy! Keep in touch by liking our FaceBook Suspended Photography
Ride Giant Ride Whistler with Goomba:
Something different, hope you guys find this funny
Ride Life Gravity Edition - Supermarket Bike:
Filipe Perestrelo, the supermarket bike rider gives us the brief story about his passion for this sport and the dream of, one day, owning a downhill specific bike. During filming for the contest Filipe nearly broke his neck and left the frame in three. Filmed by: Miguel Freitas at Madeira Island, Portugal.
The Cabin | Ride Life Gravity Edition:
The three things that inspire me to ride are: family, friends, and freedom. This video shows all these things. Watch the video to see 20 foot drop ins, pumptrack shredding, and more. Thanks to my parents and Oak Bay Bikes/Lavan. I am 13 years old.
Jeronimo Paez - 14 years old. Ride Giant Ride Whistler:
My dream is to go to Whistler and ride with Danny Hart! Este vídeo fue creado con el propósito de aumentar el nivel del descenso en Argentina y llevarlo hacia un nivel mundial donde se pueda ir representando al país como uno de los grandes exponentes del Downhill. Otra cosa muy importante es buscar y encontrar auspician-tes. Con mi corta edad es muy difícil que sea escuchado por auspician tes.
Ride Life Theo Erlangsen:
Our entry for the Ride Giant Ride Whistler Competition. All film equipment is home built. We have put a huge amount of effort into this video as going to Whistler has been a dream for us for 4 years. The song is: Blue Jeans by Lana Del Ray (Count Ninjula Remix). Video by Break Line Media
Ride Giant. Ride Whistler. "Ladies Do It Best"
People say they mountain bike for many different reasons. A few even ride for love of the sport. I mountain bike for myself. I ride because when I'm in the saddle, the world drops away & I find my rhythm. I ride because sometimes, the only thing that makes sense in the world is the connection of rubber to dirt & rock. I ride to find my truth, to find myself and to find peace. I ride for me.
What was your favourite? Who will win? Who should win?